Carolina Panthers

Panthers cornerback T.J. Heath continues to impress

Cornerback T.J. Heath continues to make plays just one week after the Carolina Panthers called him while he was playing golf at an Alabama course.

Heath, who went undrafted out of Jacksonville State in 2011, has had at least one pass breakup seemingly every day since he came to the Panthers. On his first day in camp he had two, and Tuesday he repeated that.

On a Cam Newton pass intended for tight end Ed Dickson, Heath jumped in front of Dickson and batted the pass away with one arm near the goal line for his best play of the day.

By Monday he had already moved up to working with the second-team defense across from Melvin White.

“It’s kind of interesting that a guy like that was out there and available,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. “You bring him in, you work him out, you see his quickness and his ball skills and you think this is a guy who should be in a camp and wonder why he’s not. So that’s why we gave him an opportunity.”

Why wasn’t he in a camp?

“Good question,” Rivera said.